- Intel Z87
- 4th-generation Core i7,i5,i3,Pentium,Celeron (LGA1150)
- DDR3 3000(OC)/2933(OC)
My first build, no regrets! 12/31/2013
-Came with a disc that basically had everything you need to get started programs and applications wise.
-Green LEDs separating the audio stuff from the rest of the board to prevent leakage of audio stuff(don't entirely understand why, but the LEDs actually surprised me. it looks awesome for aesthetic minded people like me)
-It really stands by its "Ultra Durable" title. Very sturdy.
-Not sure if its supposed to be there or if I was supposed to take it off, but the IO shield had some padding on it that made it difficult to screw in the screws to the standoffs without a 3rd hand. Plus, it is smaller than a standard ATX board. On an NZXT Phantom Full Tower (Green Trim), I had to put 2 screws in the "M" standoff spot to accomodate for the 2 screws that couldn't fit in the "A" spot. Not a big deal, just didn't expect it.
-Not sure exactly how the "Killer E2200 Game Networking" works, but it's supposed to prioritize internet speeds on applications (Low, Normal, High, Very High). It really has no effects on downloading things because apps like Chrome, Steam, Origin limit the speed of download. Not really useful, but you can still use it to find out internet usage of each app and how fast your internet is. Something that you can do without.
I'm an amateur at building PCs and making them work, but I have a friend that will, for the most part, provide useful tips on how to operate it well.
A few days in, I decided to try and over clock my i5 4670k cpu from 3.4 to 3.8 through the BIOS. There's an option that says "20% Upgrade" and my friend and I thought it would overclock a little bit so we chose that option. When accessing the BIOS however, it seemed a little buggy. Some options wouldn't show up and part of the screen was just not there. On reboot, I ended up having 5 different debug codes on the Debug LED. They didn't seem too critical when I looked them up, but the problem was it wouldn't boot up to windows at all. Maybe a problem with the RAM because it's usage has been crazy lately without even running everything (Crucial Tactical Ballistix @ 1333 MHz 8GB) at 80% usage.
I ended up having to switch to the second BIOS on the first week (which, if you were wondering how on this motherboard, you have to switch 2 switches on the top right to 2 near the BIOS part of the mobo). This is a bit concerning and shouldn't have happened in the first place. I'm in the process of fixing it soon but it's quite a time consuming process.
Overall, this motherboard is solid. Only took of one egg for the BIOS incident.
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